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Free Application for Federal Student Aid ("FAFSA") is an application completed by all students interested in receiving financial aid for postsecondary education.[1]

The U.S. Department of Education provides all eligible individual with the benefit of federally funded financial assistance beyond high school.[2]

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The Free Application for Federal Student Aid ("FAFSA") is an applicantion used for applying for federal educational aid.[3] FAFSA is used to determine the expected family contribution based on the family's financial history. An expected family contribution is computed for every student even if the family does not contribute to their higher education.[4]

Numerous federal student aid programs are available through the U.S. Department of Education to cover school expenses such as tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation.[5]

Some of the most popular federal aid programs used for postsecondary education are:

  • Federal Pell Grant;
  • Federal Stafford Loan;
  • Federal PLUS Loan Federal; and
  • Work-Study Federal Perkins Loan.[6] 


  1. http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/
  2. http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/
  3. http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/index.htm
  4. http://www.investorwords.com/5567/FAFSA.html
  5. http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/what010.htm
  6. http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/what010.htm

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